Like many shoe fanatics, I think that my dedication to leather-based sandals began with the staple footwear of my childhood: black leather-based faculty footwear. One way or the other all these years of sporting sober lace-up footwear instilled in me the assumption that nothing is sort of so smart, so sturdy and breathable as leather-based. However given the expense of leather-based sandals and the time it takes to shine and waterproof them, final summer time I made a decision to offer Birkenstock’s Birko-flor sandals a go.
A very good retailer will inventory most of their sandals in leather-based and the corporate’s personal cheaper materials known as Birko-flor. As a result of it’s artifical this Birko-flor lends itself to a variety of colors and patterns, however aside from that it is troublesome to see a lot distinction between it and leather-based. Birko-flor is made from a mix of sentimental acrylic and polyamide felt fibres, which signifies that it has the sleek floor you’d anticipate of leather-based with the addition of a fleece lining that successfully places an finish to first-day blisters. It is also straightforward to wash. A fast rub with a moist material and a spot of detergent and my sandals at all times come up pretty much as good as new.
Being an orthopaedic shoe firm, Birkenstock is all about making a wholesome surroundings for the foot. Which means each one of many firm’s sandals – whether or not they’re leather-based or Birko-flor – is designed to attract moisture away from the foot. Not like different artificial supplies Birko-flor is gentle, versatile and permits the foot to breathe. Though they’re cheaper, Birko-flor sandals have precisely the identical suede lining, layers of jute and mixture of cork and latex as their leather-based counterparts. It’s this mixture of supplies that makes Birkenstock sandals distinctive. Not solely does the footbed wick moisture away from the foot whereas absorbing shock, the cork progressively heats up and moulds to the contours of your toes, which makes for an unbelievably snug shoe.
Whereas the producers declare that this Birko-flor is tear resistant, I might say that given the standard of Birkenstock’s leather-based (it’s sourced from specialty farms in central Europe the place distinctive breeding practices be certain that all leather-based is a minimal of two.eight millimetres thick) the leather-based sandals would most likely final you longer. That mentioned, even when you do not benefit from Birkenstock’s restore service I feel you possibly can anticipate your Birko-flor sandals to see you thru a few summers. And when you’re something like me you may be prepared for a brand new model by then. With so many lovely Birko-flor sandals round this season – together with the Papillio Assortment’s smooth floral designs and imitation snakeskin – you may have a whole bunch of causes to rethink your lust for leather sandals.